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little boy's death. maryland bureau chief brad bell was in court and joins us live from la plata with the new developments in this story. brad? >> we have been following this since last may. we learned the depth of romechia simms' mental illness. this is the swing set where it happened. this is not the actual swing. that has been removed. you know what? when the parents heard what happened, many of them told us the same thing. this woman couldn't have been in the right mind. today a judge agreed. last may, romechia simms put her son ji'aire lee in a swing and kept him there pushing him through two nights and a cold rainy day. at some point the child died. the lawyer revealing that simms heard voices that made her do it. the judge agreed she was mentally ill and not responsible for killing her son.
agrees. >> as the court indicated she was found to be not dangerous as long as she is taking medicine. >> but he is not happy because it means that simms is free. and will serve no time. >> ji'aire should be alive today. >> simms mother said it's not up to covington. >> three experts determined her not criminally responsible. this is a professional decision. >> in court and a bereave hallway conversation with abc7 romechia simms seems clear and articulate, explaining she sought help for psychotic episodes but at the time of ji'aire's death she had gone off her medication. now she and her mother said treatment isgoing. >> this unfortunate. >> a judge
order for instructions for romechia simms. she must continue to get the mental health treatment. bottom line today the charges involving the death of her son in the swing set that are behind her. in la plata, brad bell, abc7 news. leon: thank you. judge ordered another competency hearing for hogle. it was issued today where the doctors said that she remains incompetent to stand trial. the state's attorney challenged the findings. she is was chargessed with the disappearance of the two young children and last person scene with the 4-year-old and 2-year-old in 2014. prosecutors want independent doctor to examine her. >> a lot had to do with the fact conclusions were reached in the report that seemed to be at odds with the information we got with the collateral sources. >> state's attorney says this is the first time challenged the findings in court. alison: keeping a close ey
kalamazoo tonight after a series of deadly random shootings in this western michigan town over the weekend. the charged in if shooting was in court a few hours ago and we learned he has confessed to the crime. diane cho has the latest. what is he facing? >> the prosecutor says that jasoned a -- jason brian dalton admitted to the involvement in the shooting and denied bond and is facing 16 charges including six counts of murder. 45-year-old jason dalton didn't show emotion as the judge read each victim's name and charges he is facing in court. dalton, an uber driver, arrested early sunday morning seven hours after police say the shooting streak began. >> intentional, deliberate. i don't want to say casually done. coldly done. >> the first victim was shot
lot. >> i heard something hit the siding. i checked out the back window. i look out and a woman is laying on the ground. >> at 10:00 that night, shot and killed 17-year-old tyler smith and his father at the car dealership. the girlfriend was also with them and hit in the back of the car when the shooting took place. 20 minutes later he opened fire outside a cracker barrel restaurant killing four people. these are facebook photos of the women. they were old friends and went to dinner and movies together. 14-year-old survivor and is in critical opinion. what a tough situation. >> police say he had no criminal history. in the last few moments uber acknowledged he received a complaint about
erratically an hour before the shooting started. the company says it will help authorities with the investigation. leon: thank you. in the wake of the incident, many of the people who use uber wonder about the safety of riding with the drivers. suzanne kennedy picks up the teen coverage after talking to drivers about what they have to do to get the job and whether it's enough. what are you hearing? suzanne: uber revolutionized the way we travel. almost everything we do is on an an. so is how the drivers apply for jobs. uber said the screening process is not going to change. locally the drivers we talk to said it was a simple process with no face to face meeting and then they are a driver. >> from the time i apply monday or tuesday, by
>> i think uber and lyft does enough. what are you going to do? there is no way to get inside people's head. >> we just got off a conference call where uber acknowledged it got report of the driver driving erratically an hour before the six shootings. in those cases they urged people to call 911. there is talk whether they should install a panic button but they say 911 is the panic button. coming up tonight we talk to the uber customers to hear what they have to say about whether or not he think drivers are screened thoroughly. alison: three men are in custody after allegedly
arlington. this happened saturday night on washington boulevard. arlington police say justin norconck nore, lance ingram and jeffrey rowe from woodbridge started driving alcohol inside the vehicle. the uber driver said they couldn't drink in his car. but after the argument the driver was hit in the face with a beer bottle and a car window was shattered. leon: breaking news in the newsroom. this morning the d.c. police department tell us captain paul shelton has been charged with a d.u.i. after an accident that happened last night at i-295 and pennsylvania avenue. no word whether he was on duty at this time. his police powers have been taken away. talk about the weather. alison: today was nice. doug hill has a check on the forecast ahead. >> it was a nice break after
sunshine today. we have a two storm system. the high and the low pressure center will give us rain tomorrow morning. i will be chilly. period of rain throughout the day. the rain tends to move out of the area to the northeast. we will get a little bit of a break. but then part two of the system comes in wednesday, larger storm system west of the mountains to give us heavy rains at time and the heavy thunderstorms as well. in the meantime tomorrow, look for the clouds and the period of rain. northeasterly winds at 10:00. rain any day for wednesday. look through that and the rest of the week and in the weekend with the seven-day outlook coming up in a few minutes. alison: we have breaking news from vote 2016 to tell you about. and senator ted cruz is
re-sign after the communications director rick tyler posted the video over the weekend that falsely depicted senator marco rubio dismissing the bible. tyler apologized for the post on facebook but cruz announced an hour ago he is still asking him to re-sign. more breaking news from capitol hill where senator claire mccaskill has breast cancer. she broke the news on twitter a half an hour ago. we will keep you posted. leon: lumber liquidators taking another hit. the stock took a tumble after a government agency admittedded they underestimated potential for customers to get cancer from the flooring. "7 on your side" investigator joce sterman following
she has the latest. >> this is a big mess up. it this is a mission take by the center for disease control. agency admits people exposed to certain lumber liquidators laminate flooring three times more likely to get cancer than they previously said. they used the long ceiling so when they look at the exposure to formaldehyde they got it wrong. the risk is small. six to 30 cases per 100,000 people. but that is three times than was previously reported. they stopped sell that last spring after it
level of formaldehyde. they do support the c.d.c. recommendations and agrees that the revised calculation overestimates any potential health risks from the products. they also tell me they strengthened the quality assurance procedures and offering free air testing but the news is still not helping the company. leon: coming up on the "abc7 news at 5:00" -- search for a suspect. find out the clue that police hope to help bring sexual assault suspect to justice. alison: plus, changing programs. how the starbucks is revamping the rewards. leon: later -- >> no, you are not. you are not. >> the w
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leon: a change in starbucks reward program means no more freebies for big spenders. they earn a star for the item. but in april starbucks say rewards are based on dollars spent. each dollar is worth two stars. 125 stars will earn a freebie so you have to spend $62.50 to get a free item. tell me if that is worth it. alison: i'll let you know. leon: earlier this month we introduced you to the heritage high school freshman brendan frederick. a blind p.a. announcer who is making a name for himself with his voice. alison: his dream of announcing the washington capitals came true this week
abc7's sports reporter scott abraham shared the memorable moment. >> he has a true gift. his voice is going to take him places. some number one, a day with the washington capitals. >> it's a day brendan frederick has been waiting for. honorary member of the washington capitals. >> last name on it. number 70. >> my last name on it? >> your last name. >> no way! >> giving some free advice to coach trotts. >> i want to see no slow start. i want to see the good jump. >> lacing up the skates and hitting the ice for the first time. >> be real. >> my gosh. onto to the verizon center where bran dan met his idol and the capitals public address announcer wes johnson. [laughter] >> after a few tips with
at least for a moment, brendan frederick the voice of the pride becomes the voice of the caps. >> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome to the ice, your washington capitals! >> it is so exciting. >> dream come true rocking the red. >> just think, my friends, this man is only 14 years old. he has a bright future. leon: nice going, scott. alison: gave me chills when he did that. >> let him play the organ, too? they did everything but give him a stick and put him on the ice. >> that is right.
phone for the past year, he loves the weather, too. leon: he came and visited and did the weather. doug: wednesday is not nice but thursday and friday it will clear out. i have a lot of stuff to share. we enjoyed the sunshine. i did. nice. temperatures were 50-52 degrees. 48 in spotsylvania county. patches of blue skies and sunshine. more clouds roll in heading to sunset on monday afternoon. same story around the region at this hour. upper 40's to 50 degrees. 49 at andrews in baltimore. 52 in manassas. 50 in leesburg. 48 in hagerstown.
they are holding the same here. we are not concerned about the snow or the ice or snow issues. south is the source for the rain. mostly cloudy skies. northeasterly winds are five and ten miles per hour. we get the first batch of rain. we have rain at times. it won't rain all day long. steady for the morning rush and the midday. afternoon rush hour. at this model at 4:00 in the afternoon, 24 hours from now, most of the rain is moving out of the area. the next system will take shape.
normally see for late february. from the gulf coast to middle of the country is not something we see in february. local view. cloudy skies and then overnight to wednesday. we start to get part two. the second system with the area of rain and the rain will overspread the area on the morning hours. we have an inch to two inches in the area. flood watches have to be posted. on the east coast, maryland, delaware and new jersey. four inches of rain. the forecast tomorrow, period of rain through the morning. this all changes with the storm number two. it will be breezy and
of rain and afternoon heavy thunderstorms. tuesday and wednesday are the big weather days. alison: which four-legged friends top a list of the favorite breed? we have the answer for that. find out why we are turning back to our cars. >> yesterday, a man and others on pennsylvania avenue got tickets. but they shouldn't have. >> a look at what is coming up tonight at abc7 --
nationwide is $1.71 per gallon. a penny cheaper than the average in our area. a penny more than a week ago. in the midwest, the gas prices spiked as the refineries reduce production. leon: lowest gas prices are leading to more people hitting the roads. department of the transportation says americans drove a record $3.1 trillion miles last year. with more people driving than before transportation officials say the nation's aging infrastructure needs to be a greater priority. alison: no one likes to come back to their car and find a parking ticket, of course. in the district tickets were showing up on the cars in a spot that seemed legal. "7 on your side" to sort it out after a driver reached out the tom roussey. what is going on?
number of drivers thought it was fine to park on sunday by they all got tickets. tonight, ddot tells us the drivers were right and the ticket writer was wrong and ddot will forgive all the tickets including the one it gave this man. >> keith thornburg had to work on a rainy sunday and was glad to get a good parking spot. >> this is when the signs say you cannot park. but one ticket writer didn't think it was okay. >> come out and all the cars have tickets. >> he took these pictures of the ticketed cars. if you weren't supposed to park there why do signs look like this instead of like this as they do a block east? the violation was for allegedly reducing the width
feet. >> look at pennsylvania avenue. there is nowhere that it's less than ten feet. >> a year ago he contacted us after a hundred cars near s street ticketed for following the law regarding inspections and the license plates. they forgave those tickets! maybe the rules are unclear. thigh are going to change the sign and put no parking anytime. but they promise they won't write more tickets outside restricted hours. and it will forgive those who receive tickets yesterday. >> coming up at 5:00 -- >> i want to be like
leon: you will love this. white house meeting unlike any you have seen before. meet a d.c. woman that cut a rug with the first couple. >> a brick at a time. d.c. warehouse district turned into something chic. i'm sam ford. that is next on abc7 news. >> fairfax county police hand out composite of a sexual assault suspect. a lot of people say they know the guy. i'm stephen tschida.
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announcer: you're watching "abc7 news at 5:00". on your side. leon: tonight police are hoping a sketch will help lead them to the man accused of sexual assaulting a woman over the weekend. this happened in the 8400 block of blankenship street in the mount vernon area of alexandria. that is where stephen tschida is live tonight. he has the latest. stephen: leon, police describe this as a vicious, brutal sexual assault. they are here at this apartment complex handing out the composite, showing it to people. we showed it to some residents here. several of them said they recognize this guy. even the victim says
the police returned today to the apennsylvania complex armed with the composite of a suspect in a burglary and sexual assault. early saturday morning a man broke in a unit in this building and is believed to come through a window or door. the occupant is a 51-year-old woman. she awoke to the intruder coming at her. first, he threatened and then sexual assaulted her. >> that could be any guy practically anywhere. >> the composite the police handed out often drew similar reaction. >> i mean, he could be anyone practically. when we showed it to a woman she said she recognized the suspect. she said he wanders the complex carrying a back pack and is seen in the laundry room. >> three times we have seen him.
the victim is recovering but too frightened to return to the apartment. stephen tschida, abc7 news. leon: two dozen people are dead after a cyclone slammed in the island nation of fiji. authorities expect the number to climb higher as the teams reach the outlying islands. they call it one of the worst ever in the south pacific. fiji has a million people spread out over 300 islands. leon: back locally we are getting a better sense of the plan to redevelop a d.c. neighborhood. douglas development is working on a map in the ivy city neighborhood. we report that the developer is setting the sights a few block east.
>> ivy city is a construction zone. it's becoming a fun place where folks like robin mckenny remember when it was cheap. >> it is beautiful. i wish i bought a home eight years ago. >> we got a tour of the old warehouse converted to apartments. they are full of amenities. according to the manager since opening in october a third of them are rented. the segments are completed and a dream of the long time d.c. developer douglas jamal. i have no vision whatsoever of what i was going to do. just evolved to something into this. it has a soul. around the clock planet fitness. >> they are constructing what we are told is a new restaurant. but there are new stores coming here. new entertainment here. people who live here
delighted. >> a blessing that i can walk from my home to viable retail. >> the developer plan call for much more in the coming years. douglas jamal wants to make a statement. in northeast washington, sam ford, abc7 news. alison: the american kennel club released the top dog breeds. lab dorees retrievers reign supreme. holding the number one spot. golden retriever, beagals filling out the top five. then the french bulldogs, the terriers, poodles and are the wilers and boxers.
>> it's the big dogs on the list. not purse dogs. there are real people who like real dogs. alison: c'mon! a little cute dog isn't a real dog? leon: it's an accessory. it's not a dog. find out what bris harper says now after playing with jonathan papelbon after he got choked by him. the pitcher made an apology, too. >> i'm mike carter-conneen at the george washington mount vernon escape. copal up how citizens taking the oath of citizenship feel about the political season. leon: coming your way tonight -- 13 eagles dead in a local community.
alison: police say it is about safety. ddot says it's traffic flow. drivers say it is a speed trap. this is the story you will only see tonight at 11:00 on abc7 news. chris papst is alongside the road now with the details about this exclusive investigation. chris: it has been ten years since the district put in speed cameras. ever since then they have been frustrating the motorists. we at "7 on your side" receive a lot of e-mails and the calls from people about speed cameras. this one in particular has been getting a lot of negative attention. this speed camera is on a road you see behind me that is a parkway. you can see on the other side it's all trees and hills. no pedestrians or
this is a four-lane highway split median. what makes this interesting is one side of this road is 35 miles per hour. the other side of the road is 45 miles per hour. what side do you think it is on. we learn that this is one of the most profitable in the district in 2014. the camera made the district $6 million. we will tell you all you need to know about the traffic studies. is this about safety or money? that is coming up tonight.
there that captured the white house and the entire nation. "7 on your side" first met virginia mclaurin last year when we helped her tackle a bed bug invessation in the apartment. >> she told us how badly she wanted to meet the first african-american president of the united states. she didn't know how it would happen but didn't want to give up hope of shaking mr. obama's hand. late last week thanks to the lender helping to help the tenant association restore the building, it became a reality. >> that is what i am telling you. >> then i got his wife, too.
>> a dream come true and memory for the president and his wife. humble, happy, 106-year-old citizen. >> wow! awesome. >> to be 106 and say it's the time of your life. leon: we were trying to figure out who was president when she was born. alison: woodrow wilson. amazing. >> you can see more of ms. mclaurin. the entire interview is on wjla.com. alison: jamie sullivan has traffic watch. jamie: it's slow on virginia and 95.
we had a crash early on. this is disabled on the right side. this is ten miles of stop-and-go. the good stop you get up to 20 miles per hour. it will take 30 minutes. 395 single digits passing by the pentagon. then you get relief. >> let's look ahead for 6:00 -- new information of the death of the 13 bald eagles. there is a plan to remove payment machine. what a candidate said in fairfax county that has him back pedaling. that is coming your way at 6:00. >> let's
it sounds like today is the best day we will have for a few. right? doug: yeah. tomorrow and wednesday are rainy. a live look at the harbor. it's 53 in national har been. 52 in manassas. 49 in fredericksburg. the rain is spreading from southwest to northeast. north and south carolina. it will take until tomorrow morning around sunrise for area of rain. 8:00 in the morning we should see range in the region. i will take time moving through. this time tomorrow we should have scattered showers and a quiet interlude tomorrow
night. more rain. heavy on wednesday. wednesday afternoon heavy thunderstorms to go with it. 90% chance of rain. low 60's. 100% chance of rain. heavy downpour and isolated thunderstorms. windy and clearing on thursday. cooler on friday. nice looking weekend. that is the latest from the weather center. alison: a case of cabin fever led to a competition that is called snowmobile softball. that is what it sounds like. the fielders will head on their sled. race to the bases. once you play it's addicting they say. this is part of a playoff game. the teams were vying for a spot in the
>> how do you like getting in the way of someone sliding home on that game. >> change the rules 50 times. spring training continues today. the rock star himself spoke to the media. you remember this. he was talked about being choked by jonathan papelbon who gave a public apology saying he has apologized to harper and the teammates. this is what harper said about that. >> just something that happened. squashed that day. that is what it is like for the rest of the year. try to build from that. >> the rumor mil
heavy with if talk of bryce harper becoming a yankee to possibly giving him the first $400 or the $500 million contract. his contract isn't up until 2018. he tells us he is fine in the d.m.v. >> i have a "w" on my chest. i rover the cap -- i love the capital and d.c. it's a mon men the town. beautiful town. that is on my mind. >> tonight caps host coyotes at 7:00. this is the blind p.a. announcer brendan frederick whose dream came true this weekend. the story is on wjla.com. alison: it is worth i
check it out. >> crazy. alison: good stuff. >> he wouldn't belief that he is happy to be there for now. >> $500 million? leon: it's hard to turn that down. i would like to have that problem. immigration shaping up to be a key issue in the vote 2016. >> when we come back, look at the newest citizens feel about what they are hearing on the dam pain trail.
our eagle cam. they nested in tree and laid an egg and they should be hatching soon. today is 284 years since george washington was born. admission was free at the estate all day. 50 of the citizens were not there to sight see. >> the 50 u.s. citizens came from 42 countries around the world. they represent every branch of the armed force. >> this teetured a famous
>> i welcome you as citizens. >> it was held at the estate marking the birthday of the nation's first president. while they are excited to vote, they have rhetoric and mentioned donald trump position on immigration. >> frightening to hear people speak like that. >> several citizens support hillary clinton. >> maria from spain leaning toward ben carson. >> i can relate to what he says. family oriented. to me it is important. >> sergio lopez from bolivia likes martin o'malley but now he is undecided.
>> others are undecided but the number one issue is immigration. >> they are welcoming 20,000 new citizens this month. in mount vernon, mike carter-conneen, abc7 news. alison: that is it for "abc7 news at 5:00". now at 6:00 -- what do you know about the uber driver? tonight we look at what a driver goes through to get a job. >> bald eagles found dead and the reward to figure out what happened. "abc7 news at 6:00" starts now. >> now, "abc7 news at 6:00". on your side. >> crime spree raising questions about the people we trust with the safety and when
uber driver accused of a deadly shooting rampage admitted to the crime. 45-year-old jason dalton ordered held without bond this afternoon and is facing six counts of murder after the police say he shot people at random in kalamazoo, michigan. president obama speaking to the u.s. governors today addressed the rampage. >> families are shattered today. >> in the middle of the rampage we are told the suspect dalton picked up an uber passenger. leon: tonight we look at the hiring process. suzanne kennedy live in arlington with a look at us tonight. >> suzanne. >> this is second nature to so many of us. we pick up the phone and hit an app. the next thing we know we have an uber waiting for us to take us where we need to go. but do we really know who we get in the car with?